Jeremy Corbyn: Conservative claims to support equality are ‘fake’

Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at David Cameron’s speech about equality and diversity at Conservative conference, accusing the Tories of “deception”.

The Tory PM attempted to pitch the Conservatives as the ‘party of equality’ earlier this week, citing LGBT rights and racial equality in his conference speech in Manchester.

Mr Cameron said in his speech: “We can talk all we like about opportunity, but it is meaningless unless people are really judged equally.

“Think about it like this: opportunity doesn’t mean much to a British Muslim if he walks down the street and is abused for his faith.

“Opportunity doesn’t mean much to a black person constantly stopped and searched by the police because of the colour of their skin.

“Opportunity doesn’t mean much to a gay person rejected for a job because of the person they love. It doesn’t mean much to a disabled person prevented from doing what they’re good at because of who they are.”

“The point is, you can’t have true opportunity without real equality, and I want our party to get this right. The party of the fair chance. The party of the equal shot.

“I want us, the Conservatives, to end discrimination and finish the fight for real equality in our country today.”

However, Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the PM in a Facebook post.

He wrote that “the Tory conference was a feast of spin and deception”, attacking “fake claims to support equality”.

Citing  ome Secretary Theresa May’s controversial speech calling for crackdowns immigration, Mr Corbyn wrote of the conference: “Fake claims to support equality as Theresa May was condemned by the Institute of Directors for jeopardising Britain’s economic recovery by pandering to anti-immigration sentiment.”

He added: “While they hide behind crude personal attacks, we will continue to judge their actions, not their words because Labour stands with the many, the great majority of the British people who demand a fairer and more equal society.”

It emerged earlier this week that the UK is no longer ranked the best country in Europe on LGBT rights, after topping ILGA-Europe’s rankings for four years in a row.

David Cameron has repeatedly cited the UK’s ranking in the past, saying just two months ago: “Together we should be proud to live in a country judged to be the best place in Europe if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.”